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Authors: Setson Vatilifa 1 ; Victoria Hasheela-Mufeti 2 and Lukas Julius 3

Affiliations: 1 Department of Computing, Statistical and Mathematical Sciences, University of Namibia, 340 Mandume Ndemufayo Street, Pioneerspark, Windhoek, Namibia ; 2 Department of Computing, Statistical and Mathematical Sciences, University of Namibia, 340 Mandume Ndemufayo, Namibia ; 3 Department of Language Development, University of Namibia, 340 Mandume Ndemufayo Street, Pioneerspark, Windhoek, Namibia

Keyword(s): Oshiwambo, Ndungika, Language Preservation, Mother Tongue, Children, Mobile App.

Abstract: Indigenous languages are often at risk of extinction, especially if they are not well preserved, and when their native speakers seldom practice it. Namibian indigenous languages are not spared from this risk, due to the fact that the children are most often from various tribes, especially in cities, and they normally communicate in English as the sole official language used in Namibia schools. As children grow, they tend to become resistant to using home languages and exhibit an increasing desire to conform to the majority language speakers. Many recent studies have focused on the importance of preserving languages through teaching of children songs, poems and stories. The purpose of this research was to collect Oshiwambo language children’s songs, poems and stories and to develop an android application to host them. This was a randomized study. Children from 3 to 15 years of age, fluent in speaking any of the 13 Oshiwambo dialects were eligible for participation. Participants were r andomly selected and through structured interviews, they were asked to sing any song in any of Oshiwambo languages or tell the story or a poem, and they were audio/video recorded. The designed application is envisaged to help in the language’s preservation. (More)

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Vatilifa, S.; Hasheela-Mufeti, V. and Julius, L. (2022). In Pursuit of Preserving Namibian Languages: The Development of the Ndungika App, an Oshiwambo Children’s Android Application. In Proceedings of the 19th International Conference on Smart Business Technologies - ICSBT, ISBN 978-989-758-587-6; ISSN 2184-772X, pages 130-136. DOI: 10.5220/0011302900003280

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author={Setson Vatilifa. and Victoria Hasheela{-}Mufeti. and Lukas Julius.},
title={In Pursuit of Preserving Namibian Languages: The Development of the Ndungika App, an Oshiwambo Children’s Android Application},
booktitle={ Proceedings of the 19th International Conference on Smart Business Technologies - ICSBT,},
year={2022},
pages={130-136},
publisher={SciTePress},
organization={INSTICC},
doi={10.5220/0011302900003280},
isbn={978-989-758-587-6},
issn={2184-772X},
}

TY - CONF

JO - Proceedings of the 19th International Conference on Smart Business Technologies - ICSBT,
TI - In Pursuit of Preserving Namibian Languages: The Development of the Ndungika App, an Oshiwambo Children’s Android Application
SN - 978-989-758-587-6
IS - 2184-772X
AU - Vatilifa, S.
AU - Hasheela-Mufeti, V.
AU - Julius, L.
PY - 2022
SP - 130
EP - 136
DO - 10.5220/0011302900003280